early 2004, I travelled to Bangladesh, at the invitation of
a friend whos family lives in downtown Dhaka. The family
lives on Par Gandaria, in one of the poorer neighborhoods
of Dhaka. My experiences there have inspired me to attempt
an art-intervention on this narrow street.
are fond of bright colour, you see it in their dress, their
homes, even in their food. In contrast, the streets of Dhaka
are dark and dirty. Pollution coats the streets in brown and
grey, darkening buildings and streaking windows with carbon
is lived on the streets, as in most tropical countries and
children play, women wash clothes and perform other domestic
functions, and shops sell goods out doors. In an attempt to
bring some colour to the street, and to make obvious the unification
of home-life and street-life, I propose painting long stretches
of the Par Gandaria with bright colours. I will deliberately
avoid symbols or shapes, relying only on colour to achieve
my results. This project is a modest attempt to make this
one small neighborhood into a catalyst which should encourage
people from all walks of life to engage themselves with Bangladesh.
Bengalis get a colourful environment in
own experience in that beautiful land, among generous and
friendly people, makes me want to share with others, and thereby,
possibly attract attention, investment and tourism to a poor
land. I also hope to entice other artists to do work in Bangladesh,
eventually decorating Dhaka with projects from foreign artists
and encouraging Bengali artists to create projects for urban
spaces in other lands. Cultural interchange and awareness
are the goal.
a time of increased tensions worldwide, at this unfortunate
time of fear and terrors, we all have a deep responsibility
to foster dialogue and encourage engagement.
Par Gandaria Street Colour Project is my attempt to invite
others to do just that.